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Reel Paradise
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item number:  XTX 03373D
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: January 23, 2007
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Fox Lorber
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , &
Directed by
Composition by
Produced by &
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 48


User Ratings: 751
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Though these scenes may have energy, they're also mostly noise -- distractions from a collection of scenes without a driving force. Full Review
Salt Lake City Weekly
Oct 25, 2005
A fascinating study in cross-cultural communication, as well as a deeply personal examination of family dynamics. Full Review
Film Journal International
Mar 1, 2007
Rating: 3/4 -- What is learned? Not so much how cultures impinge on each other as how cinema shapes our lives. Full Review
Boston Phoenix
Oct 25, 2005
Rating: C -- I found the 10 days of free films to be the intriguing part of Reel Paradise and the Piersons' life to be something more interesting to them than to me. Full Review
Reeling Reviews
Oct 21, 2005
Rating: 2.5/4 -- An amusingly damning portrait of a man trying to impose his will on a world that, really, has better things to do. Full Review
Boston Globe
Oct 21, 2005
Rating: B -- The director's visit wasn't long enough to fully humanize this culture clash, but some of the movie's conclusions seem universal.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Oct 25, 2005
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Unfortunately, the Piersons can be so unpleasant that watching them misbehave in Taveuni becomes a chore. Full Review
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)
Oct 21, 2005

Product Description:

The career of John Pierson has taken him from a job at a New York independent movie theater (the Film Forum) to kick-starting the careers of Spike Lee and Michael Moore (Pierson helped fund SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT and ROGER & ME) to writing his own book on the independent film boom (called SPIKE, MIKE, SLACKERS & DYKES) to helming his own TV show (IFC's SPLIT SCREEN). Despite these successes, his constant desire for new and exciting experiences led him to Fiji in 2003, where he decided to buy a movie theater, named the 180 Meridian Cinema, in the remote region of Taveuni. Once the purchase was secure, Pierson brought his family--wife Janet, teenage son Wyatt, and 16-year-old daughter Georgia--to the island to live for a year, with the aim being to open up the doors of the Meridian and let the islanders enjoy some cinematic delights, all free of charge.

Director Steve James (HOOP DREAMS) joined the family for their last month on the island, and REEL PARADISE documents their lives over this period. Pierson is depicted as an exuberant cineaste who loves to introduce the locals to mostly mainstream American fare such as JACKASS and X-MEN 2. But he also has to struggle with frequent bouts of burglary at the family's house on the island, failed attempts at integration with the local population, islanders who doubt his motives, and familiar problems that beset anyone attempting to raise two kids. But James's film ultimately paints a portrait of a man determined to spread his infectious enthusiasm for cinema to a remote outpost of the world, while expecting nothing in return except a few smiling faces and some sold out shows at his beloved Meridian.


Production Notes:

  • Release in Theatres: August 17, 2005 (NY), September 2, 2005 (LA)
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 45,445
  • UPC: 720917548425
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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